One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of organisms or habitats) inhabiting or situated in rapidly moving fresh water.Compare with lentic
- ‘Flow can vary along a lotic stretch, but as a rule, maximum velocity is midstream near the surface.’
- ‘Most important, perhaps, is the addition of lake-derived energy sources, including the high quality/quantity of seston upon which filter-feeding lotic insects depend.’
- ‘An understanding of factors that influence species richness of lotic insects is generally lacking.’
- ‘The major difference between a lotic ecosystem and a lentic ecosystem is the persistent flow of water in a lotic ecosystem.’
- ‘Macrophytes play a key role in many unshaded lotic ecosystems, but little is known of the factors controlling their presence, abundance, and composition.’
Early 20th century: from Latin lotus ‘washing’ + -ic.
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